Mother Lucille Taylor, 84, departed this life at her home in Gresham on Tuesday September 18, 2018. The family will be receiving friends at the home on Friday October 5 beginning at 12:00 noon.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held at the Bethel AME Church Saturday October 6, 2018 at 12:00 noon. She will be laid to rest in the Old Neck Cemetery, Britton’s Neck.
There are things in life we cannot understand, but we must trust God and be guided by His hand. All who have God’s blessings can rest safely in His care for He promises “Safe Passage” on the wings of faith and prayer. “Safe Passage” according to God’s promises came Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Lucille Taylor’s home on Bay Road in Britton’s Neck, South Carolina. Her passing occurred days before the flooding in Britton’s Neck, which she considered to be the greatest little town in South Carolina. God spared her from the grief of experiencing the devastating destruction of Hurricane Florence to her beloved town. Lucille Taylor was the youngest and last surviving child of the late Doc Travis Taylor and Edith Richardson Taylor. She was born April 30, 1934 in Britton’s Neck, South Carolina. As a result of being nurtured in a religious home, she gave her life to Christ and became a member of Bethel A. M. E. Church. Lucille attended the public schools of Marion County and graduated from Bethel High School.
Upon graduation from high school, Lucille’s desire to provide students with access to information and literacy motivated her to pursue a career in teaching. She continued her higher education at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education 1956. In December 1977, she earned a Master of Library Science from George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee. As the computer age emerged she took several computer literacy course at Coastal Carolina University. Even after retiring in 2000, she earned a certificate of graduation from Clemson University Palmetto Leadership in 2004.
Ms. Taylor began her teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Forest City, North Carolina and then later came back to South Carolina to teach elementary school in Lake View, South Carolina. After getting her Master’s Degree in Library Science, she ventured to Whiteville, NC as a librarian for almost 20 years. Then returning to her home state to Marion County Lee County before retiring in 2000. She retired after more than 25 years of dedicated service.
Lucille served her church and community in many ways. In 1992, SC Department of Social Services granted Ms. Taylor a license to conduct a Foster Home at her residence. She secured donations from Wellman, Inc and Pepsi Cola Bottling Co of Conway-Myrtle Beach to purchase books for the Bethel AME Church children’s library. She had a great passion for singing. She sang in the church and Marion District Choir. Bethel honored her with a certificate of appreciation for excellence in stewardship May 1999. In 2008, Bethel issued a certificate of congratulations to Lucille for being a Golden Lay Soldier for the 2007-2008 Conference Year. She also visited and enjoyed the church services at Savannah Grove, Florence, SC and Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Conway, SC. Many children are more knowledgeable about the bible because she sponsored them in the Myrtle Beach branch of The National Bible Bee. The Bible Bee allows young people to learn about the bible in a fun and competitive way. She also had a mission to distribute bibles to as many young people as possible in the local community and overseas.
Ms. Taylor acquired her mother’s love for flowers and her father’s farming abilities. She spent countless hours beautifying her yard and planting green vegetables and especially beans in her garden. Personally, she also enjoyed shopping, watching church programs, “Little Big Shot”, “America’s Got Talent” and “The Voice” on television. She transported children to Florence to participate in a children’s choir and for music lessons so that they could share their talents at their home church. Perhaps she might have hoped that one day she would see one of them on “The Voice” or “America’s Got Talent”.
Lucille Taylor leaves to cherish her memories sister-in-law; Willie Mae Taylor, nieces; Irma Eaddy, Nancy Eaddy Finney, Susan Eaddy Taylor, Norma (Lainie) Eaddy, Hattie Ladsine Taylor, Angela Taylor, Darneta Richburg, Darnita Taylor, Seabrina Pearson, Almateen W. Benton, Sally Kate Graves Gause, Ave Maria Williams, Mary Thurman Lewis, Joan Thurman Williams, Edith Richardson, Naomi R. Gause, Margaret Breazeale, Deloris B. Harris, Cathy B. Page, Audrey LeVelle Wilborn, nephews; Michael Eaddy, Byron Taylor, Reginald Taylor, Ezell Williams, Morgan Richardson, host of grand nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to her parents, those who preceded Lucille in death include five brothers; Henry Taylor, Madison Taylor, Ladson Taylor, Shepherd Taylor, Seabrook Taylor and five sisters; Pauline Williams, Gracie Thurmond, Annie Mae Richardson, Beulah Mae Bradley and Merlene Montgomery.